View Single Post
Old 03-29-2005, 01:28 PM   #4
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 4,614
Re: Zen in the art of archery

Again, I think we should stress that people are carefull of what the context was for the various books and myths on martial art and japanese culture.

Zen and the art of archery
Secrets of the Samurai

and many others are written by people who are living in a particular context, writing from a particular point of view, often with specific agendas. Even someone like Draeger (whose writing and research is usually excellent) have fostered ideas that are not necessarily accurate (the split between Budo and Bujutsu, in this case).

It would benefit someone reading a lot of different material to do some web searches on the different books and see what qualified scholars have said about the authors, their personal agendas, and the times in which they were writing.

This is not meant to be derogatory or a smear...its just good scholarship. One step that I would recommend is to read everything on the koryu books site (the Skosses' site). It has a wealth of material that places the proper context around the study of classical martial arts, and japanese martial arts in general.


Last edited by Ron Tisdale : 03-29-2005 at 01:31 PM.

Ron Tisdale
"The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind."
St. Bonaventure (ca. 1221-1274)
  Reply With Quote